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Also known as ‘The Gong’, the city is strategically located on a narrow coastal strip. The town is situated between the Pacific Ocean and Illawarra Escarpment and lies around 68 km on the southern side of Central Sydney. As per the June 2018 census, it is the 3rd largest city of NSW with a population of 302,739. Heavy industry makes the city quite popular along with its port activities. Besides, its location has made it a popular tourist destination. There are many heritage sites in the city which include Elouera House, Little Milton and Regent Theatre among many others.
It is known that Dharawal Indigenous Australians 1st inhabited Wollongong. Matthew Flinders and George Bass were the first Europeans to come to the place as navigators. They landed in the region in 1796. The people who settled here first were cedar cutters. Next came the graziers. In 1815, a stockman’s hut was established in the region by Charles Throsby. In 1816, the 1st land grants were made here. Years later, Wollongong is a busy city which relies mainly on heavy industry.
For fun and recreation, Wollongong has a lot to offer. There are 17 beaches in the region where several activities take place regularly. These include skimboarding, swimming, rock fishing and surfing. The city has several parks as well, with playgrounds, athletics complex, indoor heated swimming pools and a lot more. The city also has many cafes, restaurants and cinemas. There are numerous nightclubs, registered clubs and pubs in the region.
The city experiences an oceanic climate with humid subtropical influences. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, with several primary & high schools in the region. There are many specialist schools as well. The city is well connected to other parts of Australia by the road, railways, air and bus services.